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Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

Sonar 2018 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass - Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

I'm really looking forward to hitting Barcelona again for Sonar 2018 on Thursday 14th June! Here's the description from their website:

Point Blank's Ski Oakenfull will host a live deconstruction of Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc”, a ubiquitous, Grammy award-winning track which has achieved hundreds of millions of streams worldwide and reached Certified Gold status. Oakenfull will “reverse engineer” the entire track in Ableton Live, demonstrating how the individual parts were created and how they are arranged.

In this session you can expect to learn how the drums, bass and synth parts were created and layered. Ski will presenting a complete re-constructed version of the track at the end of the presentation.

Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Sonar 2018 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass - Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Sister Sledge - Thinking of You FFL Deconstruction

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Really great to deconstruct this seminal track by Sister Sledge, written & produced by the legendary team, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards

Deer Shed Festival 2018

I'll be doing a live deconstruction in the Duckends tent at this year's Deer Shed Festival

Here's the blurb from the Loop website:

Ski Oakenfull likes making music so much he began making a career of it in 1991 with the band 'The K-Creative'. More recently his music production skills have turned him into a bit of a viral sensation, recording live deconstructions of popular tracks on Ableton such as this one of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGZrZBq_Izw
This summer, Ski will deconstruct the Massive Attack classic Unfinished Sympathy live at Deer Shed 9, and talk Deer Shedders through making music production that little bit more accessible!

Date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Deer Shed Festival 2018

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Andata (Piano Transcription)

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After watching the recent NHK documentary on Ryuichi Sakamoto, I've been a bit obsessed with the beautiful piano intro on the first track of his 'Async' album 'Andata'. I thought I'd transcribe it - I'm sure it's not perfect, but I made a video anyway..
I'm attaching the score to this post.
I used Logic Pro X's factory Bosendorfer for the piano sound.

You can get info about the NHK documentary here: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/special/episode/201803170030/
Here's a link to Async: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/23118-async/

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy Deconstruction @ Ableton Loop, Berlin 2017

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I was lucky enough to be invited out to Berlin last November (2017) to give two presentations at Ableton's annual 'Loop' event.
https://loop.ableton.com/2017/participants/ski-oakenfull/
This was my main presentation which was a deconstruction of Massive Attack's seminal track from 1991, 'Unfinished Sympathy'.
Thanks so much to whosampled,com for the sample info.. https://www.whosampled.com/Massive-Attack/Unfinished-Sympathy/

Calvin Harris - 'Slide' ft. Frank Ocean & Migos Deconstruction (FFL!)

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Here's my latest deconstruction of Calvin Harris' summer anthem 'Slide' ft. Frank Ocean and Migos.
It was inspired by Calvin's 'How I made Slide video which you can check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQlKelwPX4A
I enjoyed checking out his studio which included some great synths such as the Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and PPG Wave.
I recreated some of these sounds using the Arturia plugins. You can download the presets here: http://bit.ly/2G2EEvt

Maze feat. Frankie Beverly - 'Twilight' Deconstruction feat. Arturia DX7v Plugin (FFL!)

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Here's my deconstruction the classic RnB track 'Twilight' by Maze. Originally released in 1985, to a relatively modest reception, the track was a torchbearer for the loops and bassline style that would go on to define house music.
It's also a love letter to one of my all time favourite synths the Yamaha DX7, and a chance to look at the fantastic Arturia DX7v plugin.

Ableton Live Deconstruction: 808 State - Pacific 707 at SARM Music Village

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This was filmed last November at SARM Music Village, just after Trevor Horn deconstructed Relax!

Making a Track in Ableton Live 10: First Look + New Features

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I was really lucky to get my hands on Ableton Live 10 a few weeks ahead of the announcement on 2nd Nov 2017. I'm loving the new features, especially the new clip manipulation features in the Arrangement view.
Wavetable synth is gorgeous too!

WhoSampled Presents Samplethon Competition at PB London with KPM & Ableton

Samplethon is a first-of-its-kind event format giving up-and-coming producers access to rare and sought after sample material from a leading music library to produce exciting new music under the guidance of world class producers. The next Samplethon event takes place on Sunday October 15th 2017 at London’s Point Blank Studios with support from Ableton. 20 producers will be given exclusive access to pre-cleared original sample material from the world renowned KPM catalogue, an EMI Production Music label. The challenge: to produce a new track using the provided sample material against the clock, with the supervision and assistance of our team of esteemed mentors. This event will create a rare opportunity to sample from these highly regarded recordings performed by world class musicians, free from the legal shackles often associated with sampling.

Watch the video below to get an idea of what to expect on the day, which will be mentored and judged by a highly experienced panel including Shawn Lee (Ubiquity), Chris Read (BBE / WhoSampled), Ollie Teeba (Ninja Tune) and Point Blank’s Ski Oakenfull.

Date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
WhoSampled Presents Samplethon Competition at PB London with KPM & Ableton